In the Fall of 2017 I was dropping something off at a friend’s house and as I was leaving I remembered that she worked for a non-profit company. Having worked in non-profits I knew they were always in search of volunteers. I had been looking for a way to give back and when she told me about her company I had to find out more. Within a week, I had a meeting set up with Barbara Ballard and Frank Guthridge of KenCrest who were kind enough to meet me for coffee at the Whole Foods in Plymouth meeting where they told me more about KenCrest and we walked away with a few ideas of how to get involved.
Over the next few months we did a number of projects to support KenCrest starting with a volunteer day to set up holiday decorations at a transitional home in Roxborough for kids on ventilators who are transitioning from the hospital to their homes. In December, we coordinated a holiday toy drive as part of a client appreciation happy hour that I hosted. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2018, clients and friends joined me to paint one of KenCrest’s community homes in Roxborough for adults with special needs. All of these were great projects and I was very happy to have found an organization that offered plenty of opportunities to give back in different ways.
What I wasn’t expecting from KenCrest was to get anything in return for volunteering so I was pretty surprised to learn that I would be one of 13 recipients of the 2018 KenCrest Community Champions Award. It’s truly an honor to have been able to be a part of this great organization and I’m thankful for the many volunteers who have contributed to serving the KenCrest community. If you’d like to get involved in my future volunteer projects with KenCrest, please send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll let you know about upcoming opportunities.